How to conquer an Essex applicant day

You’ve applied to university and the offers are flooding in, so how do you decide which of the five choices to go to?

At Essex we give you an extra chance to get to know us better. If you are offered a place then you will be invited to one of our applicant days (also known as visit days) where you’ll  get a chance to explore the campus, accommodation and subject in more detail.

Here is what will happen on an applicant day and what you should do to make the most of it.


The registration venue “The Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall,” lovingly known as The Tin Can

Know where you’re going

We don’t expect you to be an expert in navigating our campus,  but its worth familiarising yourself with maps so you know where is the best place to park closest to the venues.

Follow the signs to Valley Carpark and the registration venue is the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall (The big silver building next to the car park)

A wealth of information

The first session begins at 10am in the Ivor Crewe, which will give you a better idea of what you can experience about Essex. There will be representatives from Student Finance, Employability, Undergraduate Admissions, Accommodation, Languages for all, Student Support and Essex Abroad- so prepare to get your questions answered!


Home away from home.

You’ll have the chance to visit our campus accommodation and if you know that you’ll be living on campus, then this is definitely worth doing. You may have seen our accommodation at an Open Day- the difference here is that it is term time, therefore students have settled into our rooms giving you a better idea as to how the accommodation works once occupied.

Talk to students

Throughout the day you’ll spot our student ambassadors who are there to answer questions, lead campus tours and help the day run smoothly. They also really enjoy talking about their experiences at Essex- so go ahead: ask them questions and get to know them.


Never go away with questions

The worst thing you can do on a day like an applicant day is not ask that question burning deep inside. If you want to know something about the university, the course, the student way of life or local transport links then ask!

The point of this day is to answer all those questions so you can make an informed decision about where you want to go to university, so don’t go home with any questions that you could have asked.

Most importantly: Enjoy yourself

It is going to be a busy day with lots of information thrown at you, but the most important thing is to remember to enjoy yourself because who knows – this could be your future home.

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